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Ages of the Andean Cordilleras

What is the timing of the rise of the Andes, especially if focused on the chronosequence differences among (Western, Central, Eastern) Cordilleras uplift.
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A hypothetical geological case study regarding and an alternate possibility of tectonic plate mechanics

I'm a noob when it comes to tectonics but I have quite a bit of interest in physics so bear with me. Okay, imagine a hypothetical geological situation where tectonic plate motion is in full swing but ...
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Which type of convergent boundary creates the tallest mountains? [closed]

Which type of convergent boundary creates the tallest mountains? Continental-Continental Ocean-Ocean Ocean-Continental
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Water gaps in mountain ranges: which is older, the river or the mountains?

"Water Gaps", where rivers cut through montains, seem impossible. What came first? If the mountain was there first, the river would have simply found lower ground. If the river was there first, it ...
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Why is Massanutten mountain so dramatically different than surrounding mountains?

See this aerial view from google maps. Massanutten is in the foreground, as straight as an arrow. The Appalachians are on either side, looking like more typical mountains, zig-zagging with ...
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How high can a mountain possibly get?

Mount Everest is 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) above sea level and is the result of a continental plate smashing into another continental plate. Can a tectonic process build a mountain that's even higher?...
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Why are parts of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco flat?

A couple of months ago I traveled into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Many times I have seen pictures of landmarks like this one of Aït Benhaddou which show apparently unnaturally flat mountain ...
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Which mountains are rising?

The Himalayas are rising--as many people have heard. What other mountain ranges are still rising at a rate faster than they are being worn down by erosion?
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The geology of local landscapes and small scale features

I'm learning geology to understand the processes behind the formation of my local landscape. I understand the processes behind big features, such as mountains. But I'm struggling to understand the ...
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Shouldn't India Get an Uplift Too?

For the past 50 million years, India has been crashing into mainland Asia, creating the Himalayan range and uplifting Tibet, north of the mountains, to a current average height of 4500 meters above ...
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What is this strange formation near Râmnicu Vâlcea?

So I was browsing Google Earth the other day and I found this strange formation near Râmnicu Vâlcea, at about 45°07'N 24°16'E It's an almost circular region, about 40 km in diameter which to my eyes ...
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Continental collision – evidence left of river mouths and estuaries along the boundary?

Are there any examples of now completely landlocked former river mouths or estuaries that became so after continental collision? As an example, consider the closure of the ocean between India and the ...
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What is the tectonic setting for the formation of the Great Dividing Range in Australia?

Australia's Great Dividing Range is the largest mountain range on the continent, running down the length of the eastern part of the continent, as shown in the Geoscience Australia map as a dark line, ...
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What were the tallest mountain ranges in Earth's geological past?

There have been numerous episodes of mountain building in Earth's geological history, particularly through the super-continent cycle. Many mountains and mountain ranges have been eroded, as mentioned ...